We recently came across this inexpensive bathroom makeover on our Apartment Therapy SF Flickr Pool. Marie and her husband Aaron moved into their Menlo Park apartment about a year and a half ago. While their initial decorating tended toward neutral colors and traditional furnishings, Marie felt a need to brighten things up by making her bathroom a bit fresher and younger. See Marie's less than $50 makeover after the jump.
Here's a description from Marie of what went into the makeover:
This bathroom was the first project on the list and I couldn't be happier with the results. We painted all of the walls with Jamaica Bay by Behr (about $25 for one gallon), and I made a window treatment with discount fabric from Ikea ($2 for one yard). The accessories are primarily from Home Goods, and I can't imagine that I spent more than $40 on the whole transformation.Thanks for sharing, Marie! It just goes to show how easily a space can be transformed with a little paint and some imagination. (Image credits: Marie Baca)
The branch and birds mural is one of my favorite DIY's of all time. I painted it by hand using black paint markers from Michael's. I looked at dozens of Google Images of both branches and birds until I found ones that sort of resembled what I had in my head, and kept referring back to them as I painted the mural. There was also a lot of improvisation. It looked too scary at first, so I added flower buds on the branches and that made it a bit friendlier.
I would love to be able to paint the vanity, change out the fixtures, etc., but this is a rental and I need to keep our budget and my landlord's wishes in mind. For now, the room makes me smile and it encourages me to work on the rest of the place.